(Closed) Do i REALLY need to have my dress cleaned & preserved?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
837 posts
Busy bee

Depends on what your long term plans for it are. I didn’t bother with professional cleaning or preserving. I had a trash the dress shoot, in the ocean, a week after the wedding. Threw it into the washing machine, on delicate and its fine. The trash the dress was so much fun, I intend to do it every year.

The reason wedding dress cleaning is so expensive is because they do it by hand. You can do the same in your bathtub with a soft bristle brush. There are some online tutorials.

Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Omni Bedford Springs Resort

I don’t think it’s necessary.  I put mine in the washer, inside a garment bag and ran it on the hand wash cycle 2x.  It came out looking fabulous.  I hung it in a bedroom with a ceiling fan on low and let it dry that way.  I packed it myself in the aforementioned garment bag.  I don’t really have any future plans for it, so this was good enough for me.  Professional cleaning wasn’t a cost I could justify after everything else we spent money on.

Post # 4
331 posts
Helper bee

Depends on the type of dress I guess. You could give it a go but considering how much (?) you spent on the dress, it’ll be worthwhile getting it cleaned than run the risk of ruining it.

Do you plan on keeping it or sell it? Either way, definitely get the dirt out before the stains set,

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I threw mine (satin, no lace) into the washer on delicate and hung dry and it was fine, but I had no plans to give it to a daughter (not having any) or sell it so I didn’t really mind too much what happened. I wore it to our BBQ reception (mine lol, we did a destination wedding), a diner en blanc, and a murder mystery in the couple of years after the wedding…I think its retired now haha. But the washing didn’t do it any harm.

Post # 6
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I had mine dry cleaned. It wasnt obviously stained but I was hot and sweaty in the dress at the end of the night after being on the dance floor for hours 😉  I was really nervous as my dress was heavily beaded but it came out perfect again. I ended up selling it to another bride.

Post # 7
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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emsie :  I think some stains (like sweat etc.) show up years later when the chemical risiduals start to really react with the fabric. Because you don’t see any major stains now, doesn’t meanyou won’t in a few years. You might want to keep this in mind. 

Post # 8
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I had mine professionally cleaned. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I don’t want to take it out in 5 or 50 years to put it on, give it to a relative, or sell it, and find that it’s stained and unwearable. I didn’t really look at it to see what was dirty before I took it in, but I walked around outside taking photos, so I’m sure it was pretty dirty. I also know I was sweating quite a bit!

Post # 9
9639 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i would definitely clean it, you wore it.  but preserving it, depends on what you plan to do with it.

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